Cover Crops 

in the Garden

August 19, 6pm-8pm


Growing a cover crop is one of the best things you can do for your soil and, in turn, for your garden. Cover crops increase organic matter, reduce erosion, attract beneficial insects, and so much more. Come learn some cover cropping techniques that you can apply in your home or community garden, and plant a cover crop this fall! Click here to get more details and register for this class.

Small Scale Crop Rotation

September 23, 6pm- 8pm


People have been practicing crop rotation for at least 8,000 years. This old school agricultural technique is still one of the best ways to cycle nutrients, combat diseases, and outsmart pests. During this class, we will discuss the basics of crop rotation and teach you how to practice it on a small scale in your home or community garden. Click here to get more details and register for this class.

The two classes listed above are offered as a part of Forsyth County Cooperative Extension's

Basic Canning and Freezing

August 12, 6pm- 8pm

Walkertown Library 


Is your garden producing more than you can eat? Great! Let's preserve it! Learn the safe way to properly can low-acid and high-acid foods, when to use the pressure canner method and when it is safe to use the boiling water bath canning method. Learn the most effective ways to freeze foods. Click here to get more details and register for this class.

NCCGP Workshops
Locations and times TBD

NC Community Garden Partners is pleased to announce that a series of workshops for community garden leaders will be held across North Carolina this fall. These one-day events will focus on topics such as soil health, plant selection and propagation; integrated pest and disease management; and using season extension to expand the growing season. For more information, please email project coordinator Maria Hitt.


West Salem


For ten years the West Salem community garden has been at the heart of the culturally diverse West Salem neighborhood, helping to build community and feed residents. The West Salem community gardeners have taken a novel approach to addressing food insecurity in their neighborhood by leaving bags of freshly harvested produce hanging on the fence for those in need. Del Perry and Greg Levoniuk, two of the founders of the garden, estimate that around 7,000 bags of produce have been distributed to area residents since the garden's inception in 2004. 

Del says, "One major benefit of the garden is that it has brought together people who would not have met otherwise. It has enabled us to establish lasting relationships and become friends." 

Half of the garden is in individual plots (where gardeners can grow whatever they like) and the other half is communal (where gardeners work together to tend vegetables for the bag program). All told, about 95% of the produce harvested from the garden is distributed to the community via the bag program.

Find West Salem and other community gardens in Forsyth County on the interactive webmap.
Forsyth Community Gardening is conducting a short survey as we update the records in our online Garden DirectoryPlease take a minute to complete the Garden Directory Update Survey and help us keep our records accurate. Thank you!
August is here, which means it's time to start planning (and planting!) your fall garden. Don't want to plant a full fall garden? Consider cover cropping! Attend our upcoming class to learn how. 
Please complete the short
Garden Directory Update Survey mentioned above. Filling out this survey will ensure that accurate information is being disseminated to the public about your community garden. 
Finally, as summer begins to
wind down, remember to take advantage of the resources offered by Forsyth Community Gardening. Set up a time to visit our Seed Bank and take some seeds back to your garden for planting this fall. If you have a big end-of-summer workday planned and need some extra tools, you can borrow shovels, wheelbarrows, tillers, and more through our Tool Lending Program.
Thanks for all you do to help our community grow!

Community Gardening Coordinator
Forsyth Cooperative Extension
NC Paw Paw Festival
The 7th Annual NC Paw Paw Festival will be held on Saturday, August 23 from 10am to 1pm at the Forsyth County Cooperative Extension Building (located at 1450 Fairchild Road in Winston-Salem). Come out to learn about this native fruit, sample food, and meet pawpaw growers in our area! For more information please contact John McPherson.

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FCG's Microgrant Program supports gardens located in limited resource communities. Microgrants of up to $500 are awarded on an on-going basis and applications are accepted year-round. Email Alison Duncan to request an application
This is the second edition of The Bulletin Board, Forsyth Community Gardening's monthly newsletter. This publication highlights information related to community gardening in our area, keeping you informed about and inspired by this growing movement in our community. Read it every month to find out about upcoming educational opportunities, garden resource giveaways, networking opportunities, and more! 
Questions, comments, or content ideas? Contact Alison Duncan, Forsyth County's Community Gardening Coordinator.
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1450 Fairchild Road
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